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Starting in April Medicare start issuing new cards to all Medicare recipients. To help protect your privacyand reduce fraud, these new cards will no longer show your Social Security number. Instead, every person on Medicare will have a unique Medicare identification composed of letters and numbers. Because there is such a large volume of cards, it will take about a year to issue all of these new cards.

You do not have to do anything except look for your new card and start using it after it arrives.

 

Scams are inevitable.

If you receive a telephone call, letter, e-mail or other communication from someone claiming to be from Medicare, or on behalf of Medicare, asking for your personal information, it’s a scam.

If you receive a telephone call, letter, e-mail or other communication from someone claiming to be from Medicare, or on behalf of Medicare, requesting a fee to expedite, send or process your new card, it’s a scam.

If you receive a telephone call, letter, e-mail or other communication from someone claiming to be from Medicare, or on behalf of Medicare, and claims your Medicare benefits are in danger of being cancelled unless you pay a fee, it’s a scam.

Medicare benefits are not changing this year. If anyone claims otherwise, ask yourself: is this a scam?

Again. You do not have to do anything except look for your new card and start using it after it arrives. And remember. It will take a year to send out all of the new cards. So don’t be nervous if it does not come right away.

 

From Medicare

You asked, and we listened. You’re getting a new Medicare card! Between April

2018 and April 2019, we’ll be removing Social Security numbers from Medicare

cards and mailing each person a new card. This will help keep your information

more secure and help protect your identity.

You’ll get a new Medicare Number that’s unique to you, and it will only be

used for your Medicare coverage. The new card won’t change your coverage or

benefits. You’ll get more information from Medicare when your new card

is mailed.

 

Here’s how you can get ready:

 

■ Make sure your mailing address is up to date. If your address needs to be

corrected, contact Social Security at ssa.gov/myaccount

or 1-800-772-1213.

TTY users can call 1-800-325-0778.

■ Beware of anyone who contacts you about your new Medicare card. We’ll

never ask you to give us personal or private information to get your new

Medicare Number and card.

■ Understand that mailing everyone a new card will take some time. Your card

might arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s

 

 

 

 

 



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